Head Over Heels
The past seven years have been hard on Avery Abrams: After training her entire life to make the Olympic gymnastics team, a disastrous performance ended her athletic career for good. Her best friend and teammate, Jasmine, went on to become an Olympic champion, then committed the ultimate betrayal by marrying their emotionally abusive coach, Dimitri.Now, reeling from a breakup with her football star boyfriend, Avery returns to her Massachusetts hometown, where new coach Ryan asks her to help him train a promising young gymnast with Olympic aspirations. Despite her misgivings and worries about the memories it will evoke, Avery agrees. Back in the gym, she’s surprised to find sparks flying with Ryan. But when a shocking scandal in the gymnastics world breaks, it has shattering effects not only for the sport but also for Avery and her old friend Jasmine.

Head Over Heels Details

TitleHead Over Heels
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 23rd, 2020
PublisherAtria Books
ISBN-139781982121471
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult

Head Over Heels Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Avery Abrahams dreamed of being Olympic gymnast for her whole life and trained for it till one day her only breaks into smithereens with one fault, one disastrous performance ended with her injury. And her best friend took over her place, becoming Olympic champion, succeeding everything she wanted. As a final nail in her coffin: she got married with their strict, abusive coach Dimitri: The very same man, she trained with for years and the man who never called and asked her if she was okay after Avery Abrahams dreamed of being Olympic gymnast for her whole life and trained for it till one day her only breaks into smithereens with one fault, one disastrous performance ended with her injury. And her best friend took over her place, becoming Olympic champion, succeeding everything she wanted. As a final nail in her coffin: she got married with their strict, abusive coach Dimitri: The very same man, she trained with for years and the man who never called and asked her if she was okay after her big injury ended her career. She leaves the town to move to LA for college education in UCLA but she cannot adapt in her life because getting drunk, partying too much and after dropping school, she starts dating a football star but 4 years later, he dumps her.Now she’s coming to her home sweet home, heartbroken, jobless, aimless for living with her family house covered with her photos of her competitions, her trophies. And the very same night, she has a family dinner mixed with their interrogation what she’s going to do with her life, she gets a phone call Ryan she has known from her training days and had a crush on him years ago. After winning gold metals, Ryan changes his career direction to become a coach and now he asks Avery to assist her training promising young gymnast named Hallie. Avery hesitates to say yes but after seeing TMZ reports of her ex-lover dating a swim-suit model and experiencing a disastrous Tinder sate of her own, she feels like she has to do something with her life and she gets the offer. This sweet, moving, emotional story reminded me of Lucy Score’s Rock Bottom Girl but this one is more thought-provoking, serious, dealing with metoo movement, abuse, self-destruction. This is powerful women’s fiction more than romance. I really enjoyed Ryan and Avery’s chemistry and Ryan lost his brownie points (I think he lost his all credits till he does honorable, praising things for honoring the lives of hard working and fighting women!)so many times I wanted to punch him for his obnoxious moves and passive manners.This is motivational second chances, learning from your mistakes and loving yourself book with heartfelt and positive messages. It’s a great feel-good, keep smiling and finding you inner power not to give up book! I only cut one star because of romance parts. (Slow burn but also hero’s indecisive moves around heroine made me a little irritated.) But it’s still great 4 starred, remarkable and motivational reading!Special thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for sharing this meaningful ARC with me in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  •  Teodora
    January 1, 1970
    A rom-com about a girl dreaming of becoming an Olympic gymnast? Er, okay, I knew the gym gods will answer my prayers eventually, but dammit they must be bored or something because LOOK AT THIS!! A rom-com about a girl dreaming of becoming an Olympic gymnast? Er, okay, I knew the gym gods will answer my prayers eventually, but dammit they must be bored or something because LOOK AT THIS!!
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Head Over Heels is my first book by Hannah Orenstein and I enjoyed it. I really loved the gymnastics aspect. When the Olympics would come on when I was younger, the only thing I ever wanted to watch was gymnastics and figure skating so it was really cool to see the behind the scenes stuff. 

Avery was meant to live her dream as an Olympic gymnast, but a career ending injury stopped her right before she got her shot. She’s now in her mid-twenties and doesn’t have the life she dreamed 3.5 stars Head Over Heels is my first book by Hannah Orenstein and I enjoyed it. I really loved the gymnastics aspect. When the Olympics would come on when I was younger, the only thing I ever wanted to watch was gymnastics and figure skating so it was really cool to see the behind the scenes stuff. 

Avery was meant to live her dream as an Olympic gymnast, but a career ending injury stopped her right before she got her shot. She’s now in her mid-twenties and doesn’t have the life she dreamed of. After getting dumped by her ex, she’s back in her hometown to figure her life out. As luck would have it, she gets a call from Ryan, a fellow gymnast, about a coaching job. Ryan was an Olympic gymnast and now coaches an Olympic hopeful. He isa great coach, but he knows there are things Avery is great at and they would make the perfect team. And they do. Avery not only is a spectacular coach, but she finds herself, and maybe even love along the way. I loved the Ryan, Avery, and Hallie dynamic and I also loved that Avery found herself and helped her friend Jasmine along the way. I wish the romance aspect would have been stronger, I think that would have made the book so much better for me, but overall I really liked reading this!
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  • Sheyla ✎
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited to read about this gymnastics' romance. I've always liked watching gymnastics during the Olympics. I remember when I was a kid, listening to the name Nadia Comăneci so many times. She was a true treasure. I remember watching her routines and to me, they felt flawless. I did gymnastics as a kid but don't remember much now about it. If I tried it now, I probably break something. The Olympics has always been something I enjoy and look forward to. I also enjoy movies about it, Hock I was excited to read about this gymnastics' romance. I've always liked watching gymnastics during the Olympics. I remember when I was a kid, listening to the name Nadia Comăneci so many times. She was a true treasure. I remember watching her routines and to me, they felt flawless. I did gymnastics as a kid but don't remember much now about it. If I tried it now, I probably break something. The Olympics has always been something I enjoy and look forward to. I also enjoy movies about it, Hockey anyone? And I love The Cutting Edge (toe pick, haha). Anyway, I was ready to start Head Over Heels. Avery Abrams is ready for a new beginning. Her career as an aspiring gymnast in the Olympic team came crashing after she suffered an accident during the Trials. For Avery, this event is devastating. As a kid, teenager, and adult, she never had a desire to do anything else but this sport. So when this avenue closes, she feels uncertain, demoralized, and depressed. To makes matters worse, she never finished college and never trained to do anything else in life. When her current boyfriend's career as a football player catapults him to stardom, she is left behind. With her heartbroken and nowhere else to turn to, she travels back home, to live with her parents and dwell on her sorrow.Then, Ryan, an ex-Olympic athlete approaches her. He's currently training Hallie, a teenager with an amazing future in the field if only with the right guidance. Ryan knows he needs help coaching Hallie on the floor routine and he knows Avery is the person to do it.I enjoyed most of the story. It was nice to learn more about the terms in gymnastics and how incredibly demanding this sport is. What didn't click for me was the actual romance. I never felt like Ryan was invested. The exchanges were cold and short. To me, Avery's relationship with Hallie, Jasmine and Sara was better developed than hers with Ryan. Cliffhanger: No3/5 FangsA complimentary copy was provided by Atria Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    A gold medal read for all gymnastic fans! Are you bummed that there aren’t going to be Olympics this summer? This might be the perfect book to tie you over until next year (hopefully). Hannah Orenstein has spun a fun and uplifting tale. She also didn’t pull any punches when it came to some of the darker parts and scandals surrounding today’s gymnastics. Avery was an elite gymnast who just fell short of making it to the Olympics. Knowing nothing else bud gymnastics Avery went into a deep depressi A gold medal read for all gymnastic fans! Are you bummed that there aren’t going to be Olympics this summer? This might be the perfect book to tie you over until next year (hopefully). Hannah Orenstein has spun a fun and uplifting tale. She also didn’t pull any punches when it came to some of the darker parts and scandals surrounding today’s gymnastics. Avery was an elite gymnast who just fell short of making it to the Olympics. Knowing nothing else bud gymnastics Avery went into a deep depression and this led to some destructive behavior. It’s eight years later and Avery has just been dumped by her famous football player boyfriend. She has moved back home and it is time to start over. When Ryan, an old crush and fellow gymnast reaches out to her with a offer to Coach Avery jumps at the chance. Now Avery is back in the same gym she trained in years ago coaching Olympic hopeful Hallie. Really loved all the gymnastics talk in this book, I’ve always loved watching the sport. Avery was a sympathetic character, I’ve often thought of what happens to those girls that poor everything they have into a sport just to fall a bit short? I really loved the bond between Avery and Hallie I think it was nice that Hallie had someone in her corner that truly understood. Why this book will not be getting a perfect score from me is because of the romance. I really don’t think this is a romance it is more women’s fiction with a dash of romance in the backdrop. Additionally the romance itself just didn’t work for me. I really didn’t see the spark between Ryan and Avery and could not understand what the attraction was other than that they had a crush on one another a decade ago? Not to mention Ryan did a few pretty shady things. This didn’t necessarily detract from my overall enjoyment of the book it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I would be remiss if I did not mention Avery’s amazing roommate Sarah! She had such a great energy and was so supportive to not only Avery but to Hallie as well.This book in emojis 🤸🏻‍♀️ ⛸ 🧘🏻‍♀️ 🥇 🍣 ☕️*** Big thank you to Atria for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    🤸‍♂️🤸‍♀️ ARC received in exchange for an honest review.3.5 stars.Isn't it funny how the world works? When Hannah Orenstein wrote this novel, it never in a million years would have crossed anyone's minds that the 2020 Olympics would be postponed. In the history of the games, they have only been cancelled three times due to both World Wars. Hannah addresses this in her forward for her story, stating that no-one could have foreseen the advent of a global pandemic that would push back the greatest s 🤸‍♂️🤸‍♀️ ARC received in exchange for an honest review.3.5 stars.Isn't it funny how the world works? When Hannah Orenstein wrote this novel, it never in a million years would have crossed anyone's minds that the 2020 Olympics would be postponed. In the history of the games, they have only been cancelled three times due to both World Wars. Hannah addresses this in her forward for her story, stating that no-one could have foreseen the advent of a global pandemic that would push back the greatest sports competition in the world. Her novel is set in the run up to the 2020 Olympics for a promising gymnast and her coaches. It's a story of what could have been, a story of hope and promise, and I think that's a message that truly resonates with the current times, regardless of its accuracy.Avery is a former elite gymnast who's dreams were shattered following a career ending injury that resulted in a spiral into alcohol abuse and depression. When her whole life's obsession came to an abrupt end, she felt lost and without a true purpose in life. This wasn't helped by the presence of an overly abusive coach who instilled the idea that she was worthless without the sport. Following a breakup which results in a move back to her old town, old memories resurface for Avery that she has tried so hard to forget. When a fellow former pro, Ryan, asks her to help coach a promising new star to the sport, Avery struggles with her feelings of resentment mixed with her overriding need to protect her new pupil from the harm she suffered. It also doesn't help that Ryan is a former crush who seems to have got better with age.This wasn't your typical romance novel, and I loved the fresh approach to the genre. Avery and Ryan spend a good portion of the novel training their pupil Hallie while struggling to separate their feelings for each other from their roles as coaches. It creates a lot of angst and tension that lends itself well to the story. There's a lot of history between them that they share, a lot of stories about being an elite gymnast and the sacrifices this entails that naturally draws them towards each other. They just understand what the other has been through, and Ryan can appreciate that Avery has given up so much. By taking on this job of coaching Hallie, she's essentially reliving her youth. A childhood that not many people would understand.Gymnastics is an integral part of the plot, often even to the extent of forcing the romance into the background. I think that if you go into this expecting the normal formulaic approach to a romance novel, you will be disappointed. There's no smut. Nothing is particularly graphic. And it doesn't need to be. The author clearly has a passion for gymnastics, and this shines through with a lot of the plot dedicated to describing specific moves and training methods, as well as the social and psychological traumas that gymnasts face. It's a refreshing take on the genre, and one I greatly appreciated. I will say that if you perhaps don't have a basic grasp on some famous gymnastic moves (ie the Pak Salto) they you may struggle to visualise some of the descriptive training sessions. I would defiantly recommend going on Youtube to look up some of the more complicated moves, and really immerse yourself in this world.I will say that I wish more time had been dedicated to explore Avery's old coach Demitri and his behaviour. A lot of his actions are described by the characters, or seen in very small flashbacks, but I think it would have been more impactful to have seen his behaviour play out throughout the story. He's rather enigmatic, and rarely speaks 'on the page' but rather through the voice of another character, and because of this he looses a bit of his power. I also thought that the subplot with the Dr and the #metoo movement is glossed over and not dealt with to the full extent I would have liked. Hallie seems to forget what happens in her in her goal to reach Trials (which is understandable), but also felt a bit of a let down. At times I also thought that the conflict between Avery and Ryan felt a little forced, and too easily resolved (especially on Ryan's side).I really enjoyed this sports heavy look into a fascinating world. It plays to my love of the sport without relying too heavily on romantic relationships. It's more about the relationships between coaches, pupils, colleagues and friends in an intense and unique environment that few will ever understand. Adding human elements of love and betrayal only strengthen the emotional connection to the story, and helped immerse myself in this world. A great read for all gymnastic lovers.
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  • Olive
    January 1, 1970
    Eight years ago, Avery Abrams lost her chance of achieving her life-long dream in one instant. After training her whole life to become a part of the Olympic gymnastics team, a major injury that she sustained during the most important competition of her life, the Olympic trials, ended her career as an athlete. She was understandably devastated and when all her backup plans (primarily meaning college) didn’t pan out, she found her life tumbling out of control.A years-long relationship with a famou Eight years ago, Avery Abrams lost her chance of achieving her life-long dream in one instant. After training her whole life to become a part of the Olympic gymnastics team, a major injury that she sustained during the most important competition of her life, the Olympic trials, ended her career as an athlete. She was understandably devastated and when all her backup plans (primarily meaning college) didn’t pan out, she found her life tumbling out of control.A years-long relationship with a famous American football player kept her grounded for a period, but the spark between them inevitably fizzled out. No relationship, no career, and now, no home - she was living with her boyfriend and has no place of her own. Avery chooses what so many 20-somethings out of options do: she goes home again.Only for Avery, when she arrives back at her parents’ house in Massachusetts, it feels like living with the ghost of her glory days. Her talent and trajectory back in the day made her something of a hometown hero. These days, she doesn’t feel like much of a hero. She really needs a job, first of all.Because she lives inside of a novel, Avery gets a phone call from a gymnastics coach at the gym where she trained throughout her young life. This guy calling her was not only her childhood crush when she was younger, but he’s now working at her former gym, training a very talented teenager for the Olympics. He wants to know if Avery wants a job helping with her floor routine, since that’s a trouble point and an area in which Avery has expertise: she was especially strong on floor in her younger years. Returning to her former gym stirs up lots of feelings and memories, but she commits to the job.There’s a lot going on in this book. Avery returns to the gymnastics world, only as a coach this time. Avery and her former crush (Ryan) start to catch some feelings. Avery must confront her childhood friend who did go onto the Olympics and achieved everything Avery dreamed of doing. The past in general comes back to haunt Avery as she thinks about what might have been, but also is still feeling the effects of the verbal and emotional abuse of her own former coach, who is still a prominent name. And finally, she and all the rest of the gymnastics world must figure out how to confront a massive, upsetting scandal that erupts.The book takes major inspiration from what’s actually been going on in the gymnastics world over the last few years. It essentially takes the gymnastics world we know and moves it over one dimension so it’s basically the same world, only with different famous gymnasts. Oh, and in that dimension, the coronavirus didn’t cause the 2020 summer Olympics to become the 2021 summer Olympics. Knowing the author wrote this and the publisher scheduled this to line up with said summer Olympics, was a bit awkward. And sad, really.The main issue with this book is breadth over depth. The author was highly ambitious in what all she wanted to include, but because of that, no one element is explored fully. Everything is muted as a result.There are some passages that show Avery’s pupil, Hallie, performing, but the author mainly calls moves by their names instead of painting a picture for the reader. I had to look up YouTube videos to see what actually would have been happening during these parts. Now, I may be the kind of reader who enjoys researching things surrounding the books I read, but if I need to turn outside of the book to get a mental picture of what’s going on inside of the book, the author has done me wrong.The female characters were a little same-y and Ryan has barely any personality. Even when his actions are causing a problem, you can’t even get mad at him because he does everything in the blandest way possible. Dairy Queen Vanilla. Not even Breyers level (or, what Breyers used to be before they ruined it).Rinse and repeat for the other elements listed above; nothing is done especially poorly, it’s just not done all that well. It was fun for what it was and provided a needed substitute for the gymnastics video binge-watching I had planned to do this summer, but I’m docking points for execution (sorry, I had to). 2.75 stars, rounded up to 3.
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so amazing. I could not stop reading it and I just love how it champions women in sports. I simply consumed the story. I could not put it down.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I’m not sure what it was about this book that got to me. Whether it was the vulnerability of the characters or maybe it was the fact you’re connecting with someone who’s lost everything and is struggling to find a place in the world.Maybe it was the fact it was written in first person so you just become a part of the stor This book is so amazing. I could not stop reading it and I just love how it champions women in sports. I simply consumed the story. I could not put it down.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I’m not sure what it was about this book that got to me. Whether it was the vulnerability of the characters or maybe it was the fact you’re connecting with someone who’s lost everything and is struggling to find a place in the world.Maybe it was the fact it was written in first person so you just become a part of the story. Maybe it was because the author just created a character with multi layers of vulnerability, shame, strength, and incredible insight to others.Whatever it was that struck me about the story, it doesn’t really matter. The fact is it’s refreshing and it’s a story that hits you on so many different levels.Orenstein gives us that love and passion for the sport, deep caring for the athlete you’re charged with along with that touch of romance that sparks when you meet someone you used to know. You connect with all of the emotions she lays out.The author added so many levels into this book that it just pulls you forward page by page. The highs and the lows then ultimate healing and finding yourself again made for a terrific story. She even got a few tears out of me at the end.I loved this story! It’s really like none other I’ve read before and that’s what makes it so special. It’s more than just a book. It’s an experience that you certainly don’t want to miss!* copy received for review considerationfull review - https://amidlifewife.com/head-over-he...
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  • Hannah Orenstein
    January 1, 1970
    If I don't think my own book is worth five stars, there's a problem.
  • Sherwood Smith
    January 1, 1970
    While I have zero interest in team sports, I love those that combine music and grace, such as gymnastics and ballet, and also fencing. I'll gladly read fiction about these three.In this novel that focuses on women's gymnastics, Avery is an ex-Olympic contender--that is, she didn't make it past Olympic trials. I thought Orenstein did an excellent job with the psychological damage of knowing that your professional life (which is going to be very short anyway) is over at age nineteen. After spendin While I have zero interest in team sports, I love those that combine music and grace, such as gymnastics and ballet, and also fencing. I'll gladly read fiction about these three.In this novel that focuses on women's gymnastics, Avery is an ex-Olympic contender--that is, she didn't make it past Olympic trials. I thought Orenstein did an excellent job with the psychological damage of knowing that your professional life (which is going to be very short anyway) is over at age nineteen. After spending every waking moment training.She is dumped by her pro football boyfriend, who feels she isn't going anywhere, and she moves home to mom and dad, a washed-up has-been in her twenties. But then she gets a call from a high school crush, Ryan, who was training in men's gymnastics, to help coach a rising star of sixteen years.Once we get to that part of the story, I was in it hard. I loved how Orenstein balanced the characters: Hallie is a very convincing girl, driven, determined, with ambitious but wary parents behind her. (Not the insane parents who live through forcing their kid into being a prodigy, which is a different sort of story). Avery recognizes herself in Hallie's absolute commitment, and though she is not a trained coach, she is reaching into her own experience of abuse from a trainer lauded as the best, and trying to find a way to bring Hallie to excellence without the toxic psychological fallout.A secondary thread of sexual abuse of these teenage athletes runs alongside the story, weaving in deftly. So much rides on these girls, and their time in the sun is so brief, but so exhilarating if they make it to the top.Avery has to come to terms with a new life, which brings us to the romantic thread. She has a lot of baggage, not helped by Ryan's obliviousness to how very different the training is for girls, and the emotional scars it causes.The romance, though overall convincing, can feel a bit scanted--it lurches a bit between Problem/Resolution, and the present tense does not help. In fact, the present tense, which seems to be The Thing now in YA fiction, really hurts the start of the novel when so much is backstory. Present tense flashbacks, unless actual scene rather than summary, draw too much attention to narrative "tell." And there is a lot of it--all necessary for understanding Avery's own emotional register. (I wish the author had begun with that devastating failure, then present tense would have unleashed its full strength.)But once Avery started her new job, I was with this story all the way to the gracefully achieved end. I really like the note the book ended on, in fact. Overall, a solid look at the cost of talent plus drive, and how those don't always equal agency.Copy provided by NetGalley
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  • book bruin
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't come across many books focused on gymnastics and was very excited to read Head Over Heels. The cutesy cover drew me in, but I knew from the blurb that it would also be an emotional ride. The book ended up being more contemporary/women's fiction to me, but there was also a nice dose of romance thrown in.Avery was a very relatable heroine. I think all of us, at one time or another, have felt lost and not quite sure where we fit in the world. Avery really comes into her own through the co I haven't come across many books focused on gymnastics and was very excited to read Head Over Heels. The cutesy cover drew me in, but I knew from the blurb that it would also be an emotional ride. The book ended up being more contemporary/women's fiction to me, but there was also a nice dose of romance thrown in.Avery was a very relatable heroine. I think all of us, at one time or another, have felt lost and not quite sure where we fit in the world. Avery really comes into her own through the course of the book and I appreciated that the author showed all of her struggles as well as her triumphs. It's not an easy road. There are missteps and stumbles, but it made every step forward so much more meaningful. Her romance with Ryan was very sweet and added some nice push and pull (though it was fairly predictable), but I liked that it wasn't the main focus. It also wasn't overly steamy and was more fade to black/closed door.I thought the more serious issues were addressed and highlighted very well in the book. It's not often that the mental and emotional toll that elite athletes face is discussed or considered. Head Over Heels really showed all sides of the world of gymnastics. I did find that there was a bit too much technical detail and information on moves/techniques, which made the story feel a little too long. Also, Avery and Ryan are in their mid to late 20's, but they came across as younger than that and I often had to remind myself that they weren't teenagers/this wasn't a YA book. The ending wrapped up a little quickly, but overall, it was an enjoyable read that left me feeling hopeful and my heart happy.CW: Emotional and sexual abuse*I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5You know how some authors can write a romance with the perfect blend of lightness and depth? It doesn’t always work, but when it does it’s THE best and the author knocked it out of the park here. Avery is a former competitive gymnast who lost everything when she was severely injured and several years later she’s back in her hometown, living with her parents after a breakup. Poor girl, right?! The one bright spot is her new coaching job at her old gym alongside Ryan, a fellow gymnast who she 4.5/5You know how some authors can write a romance with the perfect blend of lightness and depth? It doesn’t always work, but when it does it’s THE best and the author knocked it out of the park here. Avery is a former competitive gymnast who lost everything when she was severely injured and several years later she’s back in her hometown, living with her parents after a breakup. Poor girl, right?! The one bright spot is her new coaching job at her old gym alongside Ryan, a fellow gymnast who she’s always had a crush on. I loved Avery and Ryan was alright too 😉 he was a little wishy washy for me but redeemed himself in the end. Avery was fantastic enough to carry the whole story, she’s fierce and endearing and I was rooting for her so hard. This was a keen look into the cutthroat and demanding world of gymnastics and there were some serious issues explored (abuse, #metoo movement etc).I’ve read all three of the authors books and I’m such a fan, she writes fresh, modern romances full of wit and heart and I agree with my friend Kailey, this is her best yet! And if you’re like so many of us who are bummed about no Olympics this summer this is the perfect antidote, especially if you’re a competitive gymnastics fan.
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  • Nursebookie
    January 1, 1970
    Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein was a novel I truly enjoyed. This book definitely was a lot different than her previous works, and I have seen such a difference in her writing - while this one took on more serious themes of emotional abuse and #metoo movement. This was a very important topic that I did see in the headlines about the gymnastics world, and the ongoing emotional and physical abuse from the people they most trusted and relied on. I felt that Orenstein wrote about this with such Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein was a novel I truly enjoyed. This book definitely was a lot different than her previous works, and I have seen such a difference in her writing - while this one took on more serious themes of emotional abuse and #metoo movement. This was a very important topic that I did see in the headlines about the gymnastics world, and the ongoing emotional and physical abuse from the people they most trusted and relied on. I felt that Orenstein wrote about this with such grace and compassion for the characters, and the amazing writing really hooked me in. This read more as a women's contemporary fiction rather than a romcom.I loved the protagonist. Avery was a competitive gymnast and an Olympic hopeful who lost the chance from an injury. She starts school at UCLA and meets her boyfriend, a famous football player with whom after four years had a very devastating breaks up with her. With nowhere to go, Avery returns to her hometown and back to her parents' home. While there, she was offered a chance to coach an Olympic hopeful and rekindles a second chance romance meeting Ryan again, who was also in the gymnastics circuit when Avery was competing. I think that when Orenstein was writing this, the issues of COVID and the cancellation of the summer Olympics in Tokyo was not even a consideration, so you may have to just accept that in this fictional world in this novel. It sure made me miss the Summer Olympics very much.I have to mention in this novel and give kudos to how Orenstein in this novel captured the gymnastics world - the writing was very well researched and captured the details of the technical aspects of the elite gymnastics competition. For me personally, I enjoyed it immensely and I certainly appreciated the research that went to writing this book. I thought the romance was great. It focused on Avery and Ryan's relationship and their career as coaches to an up and coming Olympic gymnast. The characters were very relatable especially for those wanting second chances not just in love but in life as well. I enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it as a women's contemporary fiction read that tackled important themes and subject matter. A great read I really enjoyed that captivated me into the high stakes world of competitive gymnastics.
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  • Basic B's Guide
    January 1, 1970
    A double salto with a full twist this #summerrelease even has the perfect dismount.Last summer I read and enjoyed Orenstein’s witty Love At First Like. This spring I forced my way into a #buddyread of Head Over Heals and I couldn’t be happier with my sneaky #bookstagram tactics. Thanks, friends!With the Olympics delayed due to #covid I’m 100% positive I’m not the only one crying in my chardonnay. Imagine all those athletes that have trained their whole life for this summer!“Over the next hour, t A double salto with a full twist this #summerrelease even has the perfect dismount.Last summer I read and enjoyed Orenstein’s witty Love At First Like. This spring I forced my way into a #buddyread of Head Over Heals and I couldn’t be happier with my sneaky #bookstagram tactics. Thanks, friends!With the Olympics delayed due to #covid I’m 100% positive I’m not the only one crying in my chardonnay. Imagine all those athletes that have trained their whole life for this summer!“Over the next hour, the bones of the routine begin to take shape. I’m reminded of one of the many things I loved about gymnastics: if you work hard, you can become a superhuman version of yourself, at least for a time. If I were in prime shape, I could spiral like a ballerina, contort myself like a circus performer, catapult myself like a soldier, and defy gravity like a goddess. There would be no limits on what I could do.”I absolutely loved the protagonist, Avery. She was sweet and quite insightful. After Avery trained her entire life to make the Olympics team, her career is destroyed in an instant. Flash forward seven years and Avery has just been dumped by her famous football star boyfriend. She returns home to her family, an old town filled with memories and a gym where her childhood crush works. Soon she’s working with her crush Ryan to help Hallie prepare for the Olympic trials in 2020.Light on the romance, I thought this story was an excellent peek inside the competitive world of gymnastics and the high stakes of it all. From start to finish, I was absolutely captivated and charmed by it all.5 stars.
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  • Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    I'm already obsessed with this book because not only is it about the Olympics, it seems like it's also one of those chick-lit books about finding yourself and I love that empowerment.
  • ABookwormWithWine
    January 1, 1970
    Head Over Heels is only my second book by Hannah Orenstein but I knew going into it that it was going to be a winner and I was right! This book is Romcom perfection and I would love to see it as a movie.I can't even tell you in proper words how much I loved this book. My sister was in gymnastics when she was younger, but I never really took much interest in it, and that definitely changed reading Head Over Heels. I was fascinated by everything surrounding the gymnastics parts of the book, which Head Over Heels is only my second book by Hannah Orenstein but I knew going into it that it was going to be a winner and I was right! This book is Romcom perfection and I would love to see it as a movie.I can't even tell you in proper words how much I loved this book. My sister was in gymnastics when she was younger, but I never really took much interest in it, and that definitely changed reading Head Over Heels. I was fascinated by everything surrounding the gymnastics parts of the book, which were many, and I love how Orenstein balanced it with tough, important topics, humor, and romance. This is a book that I could see being perfect for TV, and it's not really steamy so it was a little like a heavier Hallmark movie - LOVE! As was the case with the last book I read by Orenstein (Love at First Like), the writing flows so well and I was fully engaged the entire time. I loved both Avery and her relationship with Hallie equally, and I found myself spilling tears of joy at the end of the book which is why I'm calling it a bit of a tear-jerker. I also enjoyed the romance between Avery and Ryan although that honestly felt like a bonus to the story, whereas Hallie and Avery's relationship and Avery's self-doubts then rebirth really shine through as the main stars.If you haven't read a book by Orenstein yet, or if you have and already know you love them, I very highly recommend reading Head Over Heels especially if you are at all interested in gymnastics or books set around that sport. This would make a perfect summer or beach read as well, and I can't wait to see what this author writes next because you know I will be reading it! Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book, all opinions and thoughts are my own.
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  • Lily Herman
    January 1, 1970
    All of you might've grown up in families that obsessively watched football, basketball, or baseball, but in my family, that sport was and still is gymnastics. (Simone Biles? We! Knew! Her! First!) So imagine my delight when Hannah Orenstein announced an entire book centered on the sport, one where she really got to show off all of her insider knowledge about how it works.Head Over Heels is my favorite kind of book: It's got some lighter and more uplifting storylines while also addressing some of All of you might've grown up in families that obsessively watched football, basketball, or baseball, but in my family, that sport was and still is gymnastics. (Simone Biles? We! Knew! Her! First!) So imagine my delight when Hannah Orenstein announced an entire book centered on the sport, one where she really got to show off all of her insider knowledge about how it works.Head Over Heels is my favorite kind of book: It's got some lighter and more uplifting storylines while also addressing some of the very real and dark issues that are present not just in elite athletics but also in growing into adulthood. Orenstein elegantly captures the anxiety and depression that can come from chasing a big goal at such a young age, only to watch it blow up in your face at the final buzzer, as well as how to figure out what it means to stand up for your principles in the face of adversity.Just a brief content warning: Because this novel pulls from what's happened very publicly in the gymnastics world over the past several years, be aware that there are discussions of sexual assault, disordered eating, and emotional abuse.
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  • anna ✩
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars! I just want to preface my review by saying that this book had me feeling all kinds of things. I was laughing, I was crying, I was on the edge of my seat, I was relating to it, everything! Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Avery Abrams had trained her entire life to make the Olympics gymnastics team but after an unfortunate injury at Trials, her dream gymnastics career came to an abrupt stop. Seven years later, Avery is 5 stars! I just want to preface my review by saying that this book had me feeling all kinds of things. I was laughing, I was crying, I was on the edge of my seat, I was relating to it, everything! Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Avery Abrams had trained her entire life to make the Olympics gymnastics team but after an unfortunate injury at Trials, her dream gymnastics career came to an abrupt stop. Seven years later, Avery is moving out of LA due to her recent breakup with long term football star boyfriend Tyler and moving back to her hometown in Massachusetts. Ryan, an ex Olympic gymnast now turned coach asks Avery for help training a young gymnastics star who he believes can make the 2020 Olympic team. I made the decision of going into this book not knowing an awful lot of details about it and I believe that's exactly the best way to go into it. Head Over Heels portrays the fantastical world of gymnastics in a seemingly very real light and highlights all the strengths and weaknesses of the sport. Avery is one of the most amazing characters I have read: she is strong, determined, capable, empathetic and kind. I expected a character like her, an ex gymnastics super star who almost made it to have been a little bit bitter and jealous of all the new up and coming gymnasts. Instead, Avery gives her all to Hallie and goes above and beyond to help her achieve her dreams. And Ryan, Hallie's primary coach and Avery's love interest, is wonderful and interesting from the start. He is a great example of a character who messes up and owns up to his mistakes not by only making a simple apology but by working and taking action toward changing. Head Over Heels is a wonderful read for anyone in need of a pick me up story, for anyone who is needing some reassurance that even when life throws hard things at you it will also throw you wonderful things.
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  • Caden
    January 1, 1970
    This book was sent to me for review by Atria Books: this is my honest review. Thank you so much Atria Books for sending this to me! 5/5 Stars. This review is going to be personal. Because for me, there is no way not to make a review about this book personal. I started gymnastics when I was two and started it competitively when I was 8.  I stayed in the sport until I got a chronic back injury at the age of 15 and was forced to stop even though I had been trying for college teams. Leaving gymnasti This book was sent to me for review by Atria Books: this is my honest review. Thank you so much Atria Books for sending this to me! 5/5 Stars. This review is going to be personal. Because for me, there is no way not to make a review about this book personal. I started gymnastics when I was two and started it competitively when I was 8.  I stayed in the sport until I got a chronic back injury at the age of 15 and was forced to stop even though I had been trying for college teams. Leaving gymnastics, being forced to stop, wrecked me. I went down a spiral mentally and physically and am still dealing with some of the aftermath of how my life changed so drastically in a matter of weeks. The sport was my life and was a huge part of who I was and even who I still am today. Because of that, I was super nervous about reading this book. It is still hard for me to read about or watch anything to do with the sport. PLEASE READ: I do include a trigger warning for this book for depression, anxiety, sexual assault, and verbal abuse. This book does talk about an instance that is inspired by the Larry Nassar scandal that came out a few years back (If you don’t know what happened, look it up on the news, I’m not going to go into that on here). The author does an amazing job talking about all of these topics in a very healthy and sensitive way, but I still think that there should be a trigger warning if anyone needs it. This book… it was like the author Hannah Orenstein looked inside of me and wrote what I have felt about overcoming my injury and leaving gymnastics onto the page in the most perfect way. There are things that she represents in here, everyday things that most gymnasts do or think, that is so true and honest—sometimes funny, sometimes a bit sad. I don’t know the author’s personal history with the sport, but if she didn’t compete herself, she did her research. I’ve always been hesitant about reading about gymnastics because I am very protective about my sport and most of the time it is wrongly described or represented (people don’t do their research about terminology or the moves or rules etc.). But Orenstein represented the sport, and what it means to be a gymnast, perfectly. I mean, she even quoted Stick It! (If you don’t know, Stick It is one of the most famous gymnastics movies. It’s like a right of passage for a gymnast to watch this movie.) I also connected with Avery falling in love with coaching and finding herself and her love of the sport again through helping other gymnasts. I’ve coached before as well, after I had to stop gymnastics, and everything she felt was what I felt. I was nervous about the romance because, for me, the idea of romance in the gym was always so out there and weird and also I have also always hated the idea of gymnast/coach relationship. This was NOT a gymnast/coach relationship, which I REALLY loved. Instead, I loved the way the romance played out. It was super natural and well written and made sense in the gym world, didn’t feel forced, and I just overall loved the romantic interest Ryan. I think both of the characters were really human. They both had their flaws and their strengths, and I loved how the author showed that to us, not holding back. This was a very honest and real book, as well as an honest and real romance. Since this book doesn’t come out until June, I can’t include spoilers in this review. But I will be filming a longer video review on my channel for this book, so stay tuned for that. Just know, this book made me cry, it made me laugh. It talks about gymnastics in such an honest, loving, and truthful way. It is a beautiful book. If you are a gymnast, even if you are not and just love the sport, please pick this book up and support it!Thank you for reading! Caden
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  • Brooke
    January 1, 1970
    Having loved Playing with Matches and Love at First Like, Hannah Orenstein is a "must read" author for me. 100%. With her latest book, Head Over Heels, she takes readers into the deeply competitive world of elite gymnastics. Avery Abrams is at a crossroads when she and her star quarterback boyfriend break up. With nothing left to keep her in LA, she moves back to her hometown and in with her parents. Adrift, when an opportunity comes from her teenage crush Ryan to coach a talented, but unrefined Having loved Playing with Matches and Love at First Like, Hannah Orenstein is a "must read" author for me. 100%. With her latest book, Head Over Heels, she takes readers into the deeply competitive world of elite gymnastics. Avery Abrams is at a crossroads when she and her star quarterback boyfriend break up. With nothing left to keep her in LA, she moves back to her hometown and in with her parents. Adrift, when an opportunity comes from her teenage crush Ryan to coach a talented, but unrefined, Olympic hopeful on her floor routine, it might just be what Avery needs to find her own path forward. This is the book you will want to be reading this summer. When we are missing the 2020 Olympic Games, Orenstein is going to help fill the void with a tale that has romance and a deep emotional core that also explores themes of mental health, finding oneself and recovering from emotional abuse. Highly recommended!
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    Free from Netgalley and Atria Books | Oh my goodness, I loved this. Perfect blend of smart and sweet. Avery makes an excellent protagonist and I loved that it all took place in the world of competitive gymnastics. I like that the author chose to make the sex abuse scandal a part of the narrative. There’s a bit of romance, but it definitely takes a backseat to the coaching and competition. It takes place during the ramp up to the 2020 Olympics- it’s heartbreaking to think of all of the Olympians Free from Netgalley and Atria Books | Oh my goodness, I loved this. Perfect blend of smart and sweet. Avery makes an excellent protagonist and I loved that it all took place in the world of competitive gymnastics. I like that the author chose to make the sex abuse scandal a part of the narrative. There’s a bit of romance, but it definitely takes a backseat to the coaching and competition. It takes place during the ramp up to the 2020 Olympics- it’s heartbreaking to think of all of the Olympians who have to wait another year!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I contributed this review to Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!Special thanks to Atria for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.Hannah Orenstein has been on my TBR since Playing With Matches released! I fell in love with the cover & it's still sitting there. I jumped at the chance to read Head Over Heels. Gymnastics, Olympics & what sounds like a second chance romance is what my summer reading list craves. Well, I contributed this review to Really Into ThisCheck out all of our reviews at https://reallyintothis.comHappy Reading, friends!Special thanks to Atria for providing our copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.Hannah Orenstein has been on my TBR since Playing With Matches released! I fell in love with the cover & it's still sitting there. I jumped at the chance to read Head Over Heels. Gymnastics, Olympics & what sounds like a second chance romance is what my summer reading list craves. Well, as soon as I get to the dedication, I have a feeling I'm in for something with a little more meaningful than a romp on the pommel horse.Avery is very easy to root for. Readers will want her to have a second chance at Olympic glory. There's a LOT of gymnastic speak in this book. If you're a big fan of the sport, no doubt you will LOVE it! Yes, this has some romance (super slight open door). More importantly, it's a testament to the grit & determination of young gymnasts. While Head Over Heels is a quick read, it's memorable & powerful. The more it simmers, the more I really appreciate the narrative. Read this if you're missing the Olympics this year &/or you want a sport-themed story to make you cheer.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    I have 100% been on a romance kick lately. I don’t know if it’s because it’s light and happy or what, but I just find myself wanting to read their journey to their happy ending, even if it’s predictable because right now, the chaos on going on in the world is so unpredictable. ⁣⁣Head Over Heels was so much more than just a romance though. It even had some mixed reviews because it wasn’t solely a romance, but I think that’s why I loved it even more. ⁣⁣This story is about Avery a 27 year old woman I have 100% been on a romance kick lately. I don’t know if it’s because it’s light and happy or what, but I just find myself wanting to read their journey to their happy ending, even if it’s predictable because right now, the chaos on going on in the world is so unpredictable. ⁣⁣Head Over Heels was so much more than just a romance though. It even had some mixed reviews because it wasn’t solely a romance, but I think that’s why I loved it even more. ⁣⁣This story is about Avery a 27 year old woman who came so close to making it to the Olympics when she was a teenager, but suffered a knee injury during the trials, only for her best friend Jasmine and her crush Ryan to make it without her. She went through a downward spiral afterward of depression and not knowing where she fit into this world.⁣⁣How could you fit into a world, when gymnastics was your world, and now your dream is shattered?⁣⁣This story was about learning to love yourself, finding your true self, falling in love, forgiving yourself, but also raising awareness of emotional abuse and sexual assault in female athletes and the future repercussions it can cause; and it was done in such a beautiful way. ⁣⁣⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣⁣#bookstagram #books #romance #sexualassaultawareness #gymnastics #HeadOverHeels ⁣⁣Thank you @edelweiss and @netgalley and @simonbooks and @atriabooks for my ARC for an honest review.
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    "I h-h-hate that I'm the kind of person who gets so thrown off course by stupid, dumb feelings." GIRL, SAME.My second book by Orenstein and just what I needed right now! I used to be fascinated with gymnastics when I was younger. At one point I even thought, "hey, I can do this!", proceeded to try and do a back flip, with absolutely no training of course, and am lucky I didn't break my neck since I did land on my head. The discipline these girls have at such a young age is quite impressive. Oren "I h-h-hate that I'm the kind of person who gets so thrown off course by stupid, dumb feelings." GIRL, SAME.My second book by Orenstein and just what I needed right now! I used to be fascinated with gymnastics when I was younger. At one point I even thought, "hey, I can do this!", proceeded to try and do a back flip, with absolutely no training of course, and am lucky I didn't break my neck since I did land on my head. The discipline these girls have at such a young age is quite impressive. Orenstein brings us into the behind the scenes portion with Avery - an Olympic contender who lost her chance due to an injury and an asshole coach. And stemming from the all too true case of Larry Nassar, touches also on the abuse these girls also had to endure. PHEW!Now, incorporated into all of this of course is the romance between Avery and Ryan. Although, we expect the typical romance arc that we are used to in this genre, I absolutely appreciate that this wasn't an instalove type of romance but a budding between two people who actually knew each other way back when.My favorite parts though were Avery's relationship with Hallie and watching that grow. I don't know if it's the isolation that's gotten me more emotional or not, but I did find myself attached to Hallie and her growth. But.... I also need to know something else dangit! 😉 I'M INVESTED. This contemporary romance was a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing what Orenstein has for us next.
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  • Jacqueline Evans
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, I loved this sweet story. Everything that happened, good and bad, fit so well within the pages. I don't know much about gymnastics and am so glad I was able to learn more about the sport. I love that Orenstein wove the negative pieces of the sport (and life) into a positive outlook on mental health. When Ryan messed up, it took time and energy to make it right - that was important. This was hard to put down, I loved it.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.I always enjoy watching the Olympics and was pretty disappointed to hear that they are going to be postponed until next year. Head Over Heels looked like a good way to get a small Olympics fix in the mean time. However, it wasn’t really much more than that.I was pretty bored throughout most of this book. I did enjoy the gymnastics included and reading about Hallie’s training routine as she prepared for the Olympic trial I received a copy of this title from NetGalley. It does not impact my review.I always enjoy watching the Olympics and was pretty disappointed to hear that they are going to be postponed until next year. Head Over Heels looked like a good way to get a small Olympics fix in the mean time. However, it wasn’t really much more than that.I was pretty bored throughout most of this book. I did enjoy the gymnastics included and reading about Hallie’s training routine as she prepared for the Olympic trials. I just wish there was a little more of an inside look. I feel like everything shared are things you can pick up by watching any of the countless features that play during the Olympics every year. There’s a lot more said about how hard gymnasts work than actually showing them working that hard.I also never really cared about the romance. Avery and Ryan had crushes on each other as kids and their crushes have bled over into adulthood and they get together fairly quickly. I didn’t feel invested in their relationship at all, so when things went poorly and then got better, I just didn’t care. They could have ended the books as just friends and I wouldn’t have minded.I expected a lot more to be said about the sexual abuse scandal, as well. It follows a lot of what happened in real life, just with fictional names. The doctor that is accused is one that made Hallie feel uncomfortable once, but thankfully nothing more than that happened with her. There’s a lot of talk about backlash online and a hearing scheduled for the doctor, but no type of resolution. I felt like from the synopsis this would be a major part of the plot, but it mostly stayed in the background. Avery and her old training partner come together to create a foundation to help the mental and emotional health of gymnasts and even that is barely addressed.Overall, Head over Heels was not really for me. I would have liked for things to be more developed. It felt like just the bare minimum was done in terms of character development, relationship development, gymnastic research, and #MeToo details. What should have been interesting and emotional came off as boring and superficial. This is the second book I’ve tried by this author and I think it will probably be my last.Overall Rating (out of 5): 2 Stars
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  • Erin (erinevelynreads)
    January 1, 1970
    Head Over Heels focuses on Avery Abrams, a retired gymnast as she struggles to put her life back together after she fell during the Olympic trials, and in the wake of a high profile breakup. She returns to her hometown of Greenwood, MA to recover and re-evaluate her life. There she is approached by Ryan, another retired elite gymnast who now coaches at the gym where she trained. He is looking for an assistant coach for promising sixteen-year-old Hallie, who struggles with floor routines, Avery’s Head Over Heels focuses on Avery Abrams, a retired gymnast as she struggles to put her life back together after she fell during the Olympic trials, and in the wake of a high profile breakup. She returns to her hometown of Greenwood, MA to recover and re-evaluate her life. There she is approached by Ryan, another retired elite gymnast who now coaches at the gym where she trained. He is looking for an assistant coach for promising sixteen-year-old Hallie, who struggles with floor routines, Avery’s specialty. At first Avery is reluctant to take the job, wanting to completely leave the world of gymnastics behind. But when she realizes how much Hallie needs her, she agrees. When sexual assault scandals come out in the gymnastics community, Avery must face the impact of her years of training before she can begin to heal.I thoroughly enjoyed Head Over Heels. I loved how it focused on a retired gymnast observing the demanding nature of the training she went through, while helping a younger gymnast achieve her dreams. The story is told entirely in the first person from Avery’s perspective. Avery has so much personal growth over the course of the novel. She’s a great character, as are all the gymnasts in the story. There’s a major focus on healing and forgiveness in Head Over Heels, and though the novel touches on some heavy topics, the overall tone of the book is optimist and light.I have a soft spot for dramas about gymnastics and Head Over Heels really stacks up. Whether you are a fan of gymnastics or not, I think there’s something in this story for everyone! I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a good story with a strong and powerful message.Thank you to Atria and Netgalley for my review copy! All opinions are my own.
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  • julia ♥
    January 1, 1970
    good topic but the ending felt a little bit rushed. 3.5/5
  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    ⁣⁣Review : this is a mini review, this book wasn’t my favorite. It fell short for me, I kind of went into this book judging by its cover. I thought it was going to be a lighter read....parts of it were cute, but I felt that this book was more about bringing awareness to readers about different mental, emotional, and physical abuse gymnastics go through. I felt that the author kind of creates a romantic story to attract readers, and that was probably the only entertaining part of the story. I thi ⁣⁣Review : this is a mini review, this book wasn’t my favorite. It fell short for me, I kind of went into this book judging by its cover. I thought it was going to be a lighter read....parts of it were cute, but I felt that this book was more about bringing awareness to readers about different mental, emotional, and physical abuse gymnastics go through. I felt that the author kind of creates a romantic story to attract readers, and that was probably the only entertaining part of the story. I think if you like sports in general and women’s fiction novels you could enjoy this story. But for me it was just okay. ⁣⁣2.5 /5 ⭐️⭐️💫⁣Steam : 🔥 ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣#booksharks #bookstagram #books #book #bookish #bookclub #romcom #simplethingsmadebeautiful #bookaesthetic #booksandbeans #bookrecommendations #simpleandstill #readinglife #bookgram #summerreads #readersofinsta #instabooklovers #bookworm #themrsbookclub ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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  • Cathi - LovesBooksMore
    January 1, 1970
    I wouldn’t have labeled this a RomCom as it didn’t have much laugh out loud humor and the romance aspect was more on the back burner. The main theme was based around Avery Adams, an Olympic gymnastics hopeful, now 7yrs later struggling to make it in the world. She replays her life with an emotionally abusive coach, then boyfriend for years following a tragic injury in the Olympic trials. Avery finds her way to her old gym, an old crush and a new dream of gymnastics coaching.
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